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Friday, 16 November 2012

I Love You Because.....How to Make a Grown Man Cry

This project is so easy to make that a 3 year old made this! My baby brother turns 42 today. Oh, do I feel old!  I got the idea for this on Pinterest.

I gave my 3 year old niece Stella an old frame and she painted it with Rangers Distress Broken China Crackle Paint and I sprayed it with Krylon Matte Sealer.  Since she loves painting so much, when I wasn't looking she painted a few spots with the crackle paint again....we learned that it doesn't crackle when applied over the sealer~who knew.  we just left it that way because this is her project. She painted the cardboard in the back of the frame with chalkboard paint.  She ran some scrap paper through the Vagabond with some Sizzix letter die cuts and punched a heart from Shimmery red card stock.  She put all the glue on the backs of the letters and I helped her position them before she stuck them to the chalkboard. The heart was popped up with a pop dot.  We play school every day and she has been working very hard practising her printing.  I think she did a great job printing why she loves her Dad!
She was pretty proud and excited to give this to her Daddy!

 I think he loved it because my brother had tears a big as horse turds running down his face!
I thought this was a cool project because you could erase it and write something different each day but my brother is really sentimental (hmmm wonder where he gets that from~LOL) and asked if I could spray it so it would stay like that forever.

I am entering this in the Allsorts Challenge ~ It's a gift
  On another note I want to thank my sweet friend Sonia from Passioni di carta for the wonderful surprise I found in the mail!!  Your heart is a big as the ocean!  I am so spoiled!!! I love her cards and the way she uses feathers!!  There was a gorgeous pair of earrings as well that are not in the photo but I was wearing them. So many fabulous things in one package!! Thank you!!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!


  1. What a wonderfully fun and oh so cool project!! I may have to give this a go with the rugrats as it seems like a really easy fun project! Thanks for such awesome inspiration.


  2. This is a gorgeous idea love it. Caroline xxx

  3. Awwwww This is so beautiful. Such a great idea and a special gift to treasure.
    Really cheered me up to see those wonderful photos too.


  4. What a wonderful gift Ellen, I'm not surprised your brother shed some tears and your niece looks so proud - such a lovely idea.

  5. A lovely project you little niece made Ellen! I'm sure your brother will treasure this!
    And what a wonderful surprise you get from Sonia, it looks great!
    Have a nice weekend!
    Big hug, Berlinde

  6. Oh my beautiful friend,first of all,fabulous project/gift for her daddy from your gorgeous and sweet niece^_^
    Second thanks for your words for me,you touched me^_^ Thanks a lot my dearest friend^_^
    Have a wonderful day^_^
    Big big hug,

  7. I almost have tears in my eyes too! What a treasure this is!!!

  8. Ellen, this is precious, precious, precious and so is your sweet niece - a wonderful way to share your art with her and your family, and create a great memory - love this!

  9. Awww...what a wonderful gift for your brother, Ellen! You are such a sweet auntie to help your niece make this adorable project for your brother!

  10. OMGosh what a great story and she is so adorable, I love this! Fun!

  11. Holy smokes, girl, this is perfect. I love the last photo of stella and Larry. Yup, you finally figured out how to make a grown mail cry I see. What a great idea. When Larry goes into a nursing home 89 or 90 years from now, I bet if I were to unpack his suitcase, this wonderful gift will be right on top. Over and out, El dahling.

  12. what a great and beautiful suprise thats bin given to you Ellen.

    greetings karin

  13. Awwwwwwww, this is just the sweetest, Ellen. I am sure I have told you that age three is my favorite. Stella has to be the most darling little niece and I know you are enjoying her to pieces. What a sweet project you helped her with and what a way to make a brother and a daddy 'over the moon' happy. I love it and the photos. Glad you shared it.

  14. Oh, and I meant to say what a nice package to receive from Sonia. She is a sweetie and is so talented.

  15. OMGosh what a sweet project and story. . .I'm not going to lie but I got teary eyed when I saw the picture of them where she is hugging him. . .OMGosh where are the tissues when you need 'em???? LOL Thanks for sharing this very touching post. Hugs, Curt

  16. Lovely idea. Thanks for joining our its a gift challenge at allsorts this week, Tracy x

  17. Эллен, какой прекрасный сюрприз ты получила от Сони, поздравляю!

  18. That is so sweet and Stella looks so happy to give her daddy this special gift.

  19. What an amazing idea and it certainly brings a lump to your throat! This photograph is gorgeous too! Thankyou for joining in with the Allsorts Challenge this week! Jo x

  20. Dear Ellen, you are just the cleverest and look what joy it created 3 times over.

  21. My daughter found your valentine card on Pinterest and asked me to make her one. I have put it on my blog today with a link back to your blog with a picture of the original. I am not entering it anywhere but wanted to show the different approach but still the same. Its such fun to case a card and yours was such a lovely one to case. My daughter loves the finished card. thanks so much..
    Sandy :)


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